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Mr. Quayle goes to Washington

Former Vice President Dan Quayle, now a consultant, flies over 100,000 miles a year, the New York Times reports. And he's had his share of encounters with post Sept. 11 airport security.

Recently, it seems, a security guard at Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport found a pair of toenail clippers in Quayle's carry-on bag:

"It was hilarious," Mr. Quayle said. At the airport, lots of fellow passengers recognized him, at least as a famous governmental face. "Half the people said 'Hi, Mr. Vice President,' and the other half said 'Hi, Senator,' and this guy is sitting there watching," with the toenail-clipper contraband in hand, he said.

"Finally, he says. 'Well, do you want this with the metal file on the end of it?' And I said, 'Well, what's my choice here?' And he said, 'I can break it off and give you your nail clippers back. Otherwise I have to keep these as nail clippers.' I said, 'Well, I'd like to have my nail clippers back.' So he just broke off" the file, "and I was on my way," Mr. Quayle said.

Somewhere, you know, deep in a cave or something, there's a man with a list of potential disguises, and stuff to try and sneak on planes while wearing them, and he's crossing two items off.

May 7, 2002 10:10 PM

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